PUNTING SPECTATOR: Backing up

Dr Turf is in good form after picking the Pies in the AFL last week, but this week he's got a special tip on who will be evicted this Sunday on Big Brother.

G’day again punters. What a great set of results for us last week. What made it so good was that we backed plenty of winners across the codes and even got a little spoil in the Eurovision song contest. But the set of results – with some big upsets in the AFL – suggested to me that the lifeless bookies may have even had a win last week.

Let’s be honest, despite the fact that the bookies are our mortal enemy, we do need some of them to survive and if it’s off the carcass of other punters, then so be it.

Just one last word about the Eurovision. It is corrupt. It is the most disgracefully compromised competition in the world. The songs and their performances are irrelevant. Whether they are worthy or not doesn’t matter. The Balkan states vote for other Balkan states, the Scandinavian countries all vote for each other and so on. The one constant is that no one votes for England. You know the game is stuffed when the usually unflappable Terry Wogan suggests that some countries from the former Soviet Republic give their top votes to Russia to ensure an uninterrupted supply of fuel – and he is serious!

In my spare time I have been frequenting the Big Brother website looking for any info so that I can have a bet, and I have found some! Ben has blown up deluxe over the past 24 hours, and if he makes it into the bottom three on Sunday night, he is a goner. He has given everybody a gobful, which isn’t very smart when the same group of people get to vote to kick you out, so in my book, the $6 or $7 available for Ben to be evicted on Sunday night is worth a little punt. Remember, it can all be in the name of family bonding. And here I was wondering what I was going to do when the Fremantle versus Port Adelaide game was finished.

Which brings us to the AFL. Here are the prices, this week from Lasseters Sportsbook. As always, prices are subject to change.

TeamPrice
Collingwood
1.24
West Coast
4.30
Hawthorn
1.68
Western Bulldogs
2.22
Brisbane
1.28
Kangaroos
3.75
Geelong
1.11
Carlton
7.00
Sydney
1.24
Richmond
4.25
St Kilda
1.26
Melbourne
4.00
Fremantle
2.00
Port Adelaide
1.83

Now, I am not trying to rest on my laurels after the Pies did it for us last week, but there doesn’t look like any fat at all for us this week. Of the eight games there are six very short favourites who do look the goods. Maybe the Bulldogs are worth a sniff at the $2.35, but don't go crazy. I do like Port to beat Freo in Perth, on Sunday but I am losing confidence in them.

Good luck punters and, hey let’s be careful out there.

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